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Kurpe (1998)

The Shoe is set in a seaside Latvian town in the 1950s and deals with absurd laws of life in a border state. The intriguing black-and-white is a contemporary retro tale about Cinderella's ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ivars Brakovskis ... Militiaman Kristaps
Igors Buraks ... Andrej
Viktors Cestnovs ... Roberts
Andrejs Garnavl ... Lieutenant
Lyudmila Golubeva
Vadims Grossmans ... Volodja
Jevgenijs Ivanicevs ... Major Johanson
Alna Jaunzeme ... Nina
Aivars Kalnarajs
Vilke Liman ... Vilka
Arko Okk ... Man With a White Hat in the Cyclecar Driven by Juris Pakalninsh
Olegs Teterins ... Master Sergeant Manedov
Jaan Tätte ... Juhan
Alja Uzulena ... Jautrite
Irina Yegorova ... Roberts's wife
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The Shoe is set in a seaside Latvian town in the 1950s and deals with absurd laws of life in a border state. The intriguing black-and-white is a contemporary retro tale about Cinderella's slipper, which, in this variation, is found on the beach in a border zone. Russian soldiers take on the role of the prince. But who is Cinderella?

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Slow, but visually rewarding
6 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

The setting for this German-made film is a desolate town, off the Baltic sea in the former Soviet Union, during the height of the Cold War. A regiment of border guards come upon a woman's shoe that has washed up on the shore and immediately decide that it is evidence of infiltration. Three soldiers are dispatched to search for the owner of the shoe and presumably arrest and interrogate them. As the soldiers make their way about town, the film takes on the tone of a comic Bicycle Thief. It also reminded me visually of some of Jim Jarmusch's films. The shots are mostly very long takes which linger long after any activity has ceased, giving the viewer a sense of place. Particularly moving are tracking shots across a schoolroom and in a meatpacking factory.

Be forewarned, the pacing of this film is deliberate and not plot-driven. The resolution is charming in its own quiet way.


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